Rudiment Workout: 15-06-2018 (1 Bar Double Stroke Roll To 1 Bar Paradiddle)

A four step rudiment challenge that combines orchestrated double stroke rolls and paradiddles.

In this lesson pack you will be learning an exercise that involves switching from a double roll to a paradiddle with feet, accents and orchestrations. The purpose of this is to improve multiple aspects of your drumming in one exercise. There are four steps in building up to the full part, I recommend you learn these individually before putting the whole thing together.

In this exercise multi limb co-ordination will be challenged with the addition of feet and orchestration, you can work on general speed by using the two minute rule to push tempo, stick control and height are challenged with the addition of accents, stamina can be improved by repeating the part over and over, accuracy is focused on in the last step when some notes are moved to different parts of the kit and your focus and concentration will be tested with the switch in sticking.

Each step is shown individually first of all with a quick note on what is going on. At the bottom of the page I discuss how to put these steps together to create the full exercise.

A PDF version is also available. In this the exercise is presented in a similar way but with counting and sticking added to all parts and the final long exercise is notated in full. MP3 files of each exercise are provided at a mixture of tempos and an alternate version of steps 3 and 4 are also given. You purchase this for just $1.50 by clicking the button below.

NOTE: this download is 10.2MB.

Step 1

Keep an eye on the sticking below the bar, the first bar is all Double Stroke and switches to Paradiddles on beat one of the second bar. Your main area of focus here should be making these two bars sound identical and a big part of this is making sure you left hand matches the right dynamically.

A double stroke rolling followed by a paradiddle.

Step 2

The same accent pattern is used across both bars. That means you will have the same sounding part in both bars, you will just play them with different hands.

Adding accents.

Step 3

The feet are added following a double stroke movement. In the first bar this will just match the hands but in the second things become a lot more complex. Take your time, particularly with the second bar, and make sure you have the note placement accurate before trying to speed the part up.

Adding feet,

Step 4

To orchestrate, all accented notes stay on the snare whilst all standard right hands are played on floor tom and all standard lefts on a high tom. At this point the two bars start to sound slightly different due to the sticking.


Full Exercise

To create the full exercise you are going to play all four steps from above one after the other. The amount of time you stay on each step is entirely up to you. It could be a set number of bars (eighth or sixteenth work well in that case) or a rough time limit such as a minute per step. Play along with a metronome and when you have reached the end of the last step increase the tempo. However, if you mess up at any point you should start over completely, as you would in the Two Minute Rule. If you consistently mess up at the same point, go back to playing that step on its own. You could easily kill an hour or longer working through the full exercise and your playing would benefit massively.